Explore Bike Share adding stations in Mud Island, Greenbelt Park

By Updated: September 21, 2018 3:02 PM CT

In May, Explore Bike Share launched its 600-bike, 60-station system. Now, the bike share system is expanding into Mud Island and Harbor Town via three stations along Greenbelt Park.

The 105-acre park on Mud Island is parallel to the Mississippi River and includes a 1.5-mile pedestrian and bike trail that runs the length of the park.

Currently, Explore Bike Share (EBS) has stations at Beale Street Landing, Tom Lee Park and both sides of Big River Crossing.

According to Carol Coletta, president and CEO of the Memphis River Parks Partnership, ridership at Big River Crossing and Tom Lee Park continues to lead all other stations across the city.

“With the debut of the River Line and the expansion of the River Line to include Martin Luther King Riverside Park in South Memphis, the entire Memphis riverfront will be connected in an entirely new way,” Coletta said in a release.

The River Line, a 4.75-mile bike and pedestrian trail that runs from Wolf River Greenway on Mud Island to Big River Crossing, will formally open Nov. 9.

The new stations will also put EBS within reach of the one-mile loop of Wolf River Greenway, a paved bike trail located at the northern tip of Greenbelt Park, that runs along the Wolf River. Wolf River Conservancy plans to extend the greenway into a 26-mile-long network of trails connecting Downtown Memphis to Fayette County.

Downtown is not the only place that will see a bike share expansion soon. Explore Bike Share is adding a third bike station at Overton Park near the East Parkway entrance, due to demand.

Explore Bike Share’s service areas currently includes Downtown, South Memphis, Midtown, Orange Mound and West Memphis. More neighborhood expansions are planned next year.



Explore Bike Share Carol Coletta
Elle Perry

Elle Perry

Elle Perry covers arts and culture and other news for the Daily Memphian. She is a native of Memphis and a two-time graduate of the University of Memphis. Elle previously worked for the Memphis Business Journal and has written for publications including The Memphis Flyer and High Ground News.

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